- a large fan type, common on the Indian subcontinent, especially made from a leaf or from cloth, typically hung from the ceiling, designed to cool a room, often operated manually by a boy (servant)
Etymology: From Hindi paÅkhÄ "fan", from Sanskrit àààà pakÅaka, from ààà pakÅa "wing".
- 1973: Perhaps it was a mistake to invite Mr Stanhope; the day was intolerably hot and humid; all he wanted to do was to lie on his bed with a sighing over him, at least moving the unbreathable air. " Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
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